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it's old but it's good


Spent a lot of time last night reading The Hugo Winners and C.J. Cherryh's Serpent's Reach, which are both all kinds of awesome. I think Serpent's Reach doesn't get a lot of love because it's a one-off novel that doesn't fit neatly into the Alliance/Union universe and also, perhaps, because Raen Meth-maren just isn't as good a character as, say, Pyanfar Chanur or any of Cherryh's later female heroes. Still, I like it a lot.

As for The Hugo Winners, well, Isaac Asimov's intros haven't aged well, imho, but most of the stories are still most excellent. I particularly enjoyed the Jack Vance novelettes "The Dragon Masters" and "The Last Castle"; also read Gordy Dickson's "Soldier, Ask Not", which has some absolutely heartbreaking dialogue, Philip Jose Farmer's wild "Riders of the Purple Wage", and Poul Anderson's "No Truce With Kings", which for me put a different spin on America after the holocaust. I was also surprised to find that I liked Clifford Simak's "The Big Front Yard" a lot better now than when I first read it.

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wombat_socho
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oddly, I don't think I'd like the Foundation trilogy as much these days, because now I'm aware of the underlying assumptions. Even back in the day, I only liked the first and second books; the third was annoying.

Yeah, abebooks.com is a serious threat to the wallet. I try not to look at it because I could easily spend a couple of hundred bucks I don't have at the moment.

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